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Vinita Park Mayor James McGee's Secretly Recorded Race Comments (AUDIO)

The audio file below is taken from the full, twenty-minute long recording:

McGee: The former mayor didn't do that. The former mayor didn't give a heck about our kids. How many you saw up here working up here when she was up here?

Unidentified male voice: None.

McGee: Negroes was scared to come up here, and I'm going to tell the truth. They were scared to come up here. You didn't see 'em up here. Now I got in, they think they can run over me, but bullshit. They ain't going to run over me....

Unidentified male voice: I know.

McGee: And I was raised on a plantation. And I'm not going to put up with no mess and I keep saying that. Here we getting the city beautiful, you got them damn white people pulling up flowers. Trying to make us look like Wellston and I'll be damned if we going to look like Wellston.

I'm getting pissed off too, because all the shit that I'm doing, people don't appreciate it.They don't appreciate it. Twelve hours, I'm getting paid for four. And you make twice as much as I do. You just there for eight hours. If you work overtime you get paid. I don't. It ain't the pay. It's helping our children. And that's what we got to understand. God put us here for a reason.

Look what the other mayor did. $150,000 bond and didn't do shit with it and I got the proof right here. Come up here sometime and I'll show it to you. See the proof right here. Two engineers on one job, paying 'em top dollar, 170-some dollars an hour. Roads that ain't even ours. Nobody came up here and said diddly-what about it.

Now repaired streets getting [inaudible].... You know, making sure our streets are safe, making sure the city is beautiful, but all I get is complaints. Complaints, complaints, complaints. And I'm getting pretty damn tired of it. That's why I don't have time for mess.

Unidentified male voice: I told Virginia, I say, "Virginia...."

McGee: You know Virginia didn't do shit.... How many black people that was in here contracting 'fore she got here? Not one. All white. All white police department. Then when I get rid of they ass -- Well, they got rid of they self. I didn't get rid of them. "Oh, he fired all the veterans so he can have some niggers up here." I'm going to say it right: house niggers. Up here picketing right with 'em. Don't even know what the hell is going on.

Attorneys for the police officers subpoenaed Williams and got a copy of the recording.

In January, the city settled with the five officers for $726,000. A few weeks later, the board of aldermen fired Williams.

Read the rest of the story in this week's feature: "All Politics is Racial: Mayor James McGee and the race trouble in Vinita Park."

Continue for a copy of the five officers' complaint against Vinita Park.



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21 comments
laxx1559
laxx1559

Wow.  White people getting discriminated against for the color of their skin?!  Discrimination is wrong no matter who is doing it, but I somehow find this ironic and a bit amusing.

tdxi
tdxi

It really is a shame they cannot lynch him.

carlray
carlray

I think people will defiantly elect a new mayor no way this guy is getting re elected unless he is like many in office that are corrupt  and has big Corporations in his pockets

lesliepatterson6
lesliepatterson6

Oh and I have the up most respect for one of the Alderman he is the only one that wouldnt back down to the Mayor and wasnt scared of him the rest lol what a joke they would call me or see and would just warn me to please get my daughter out of there he is dirty and how he is using her and NOT 1 of them came forward to help her but want to sneak and talk to her WOW really? You can tell me how respectable and how good I have raised her but allow her to be treated like a dog oh no worse than a dog. All I want to know is how would people feel if it was they child or if they where one that lost they job after working there for years and never seen it coming and had to go home to they family and explain to them that they dont even know why they where fired and hope they have a nice savings put away to make it thru I remember my daughter coming home crying daily how Mayor was doing people asking why and what should she do I had no answers I was too ill to do anything and I had just moved out there not knowing what was going on but the look on the old chief face and the tears in his eyes and it looked as if he had been crying for days when he came to my car one day I dropped JaCola off at work my heart felt like it had stopped for a few this man didnt no how he was gonna make it and he kept sayin he need his insurance that was a crusher it still hurts my heart and the pain I seen in the former public works director eyes and hurt just turned my stomach nothin but hurt I can go on and on but hopefully it will end soon and justice is served

lesliepatterson6
lesliepatterson6

As me being that girls mom and seeing the things she has gone through and me trying to keep her strong has really pissed me off this is just a little of what he has done my daught has been threatened,robbed,jumped,beaten, shall I go on but God has a plan for that man and we know he is behind all this mess but its ok i am a firm believer in KARMA he really do need to have criminal charges brought against him and his wife trust me she has a part in this to she have sent text messages to others saying how they better play they part in getting rid of JaCola or they will go to she is no different than the Mayor this has been out for over a year and Vinita Park kept it hush they been and knew what he had done to my daughter she presented a written statement to the board over a year ago he tried to get rid of her then but they wouldnt let him so they waited til this year and told her they fired her for her attendance well thats what they wrote on her paper but never had a write up or nothing about her attendance WOW but didnt know she recorded that meeting to nothing was said about attendance in the meeting all was about how she leaked out information about the City of Vinita Park lol smh he had his officers escort her out and they harrassed my family so bad after it all came out last year we moved even after we moved JaCola still was working there he had his officers again do his dirty work and harrass us at our new place remind you we are not even in Vinita Park jurisdiction so why were they riding past out house then he finally fired her and we moved again now its in the opening and JaCola gets all kinds of threats even on her job the managers had to make a police report now they see why she is getting the threats so I really pray that my daughter along with all the people that has lost jobs get some closure soon and i pity the people that all played apart of his games because if he would do his family in what makes you think he give a damn about you oh and when I say family I mean his BIOLOGICAL GRANDSON has come forward and made it known how the mayor had him doing some of his dirty work against JaCola because he was trying to get rid of her like I said its alot more to this story you all have on heard bits and pieces it has been non stop every since she reported him and its been over a year ago so you can only imagine what she has been goin thru my daughter is not just emotionally damaged she is mentally damaged behind all this all because she wouldnt sleep with him then he questioned her sexuality, really? So that caused her her job along with she wouldnt do his dirty work.

Kriston Mahr
Kriston Mahr

When you get paid extra for representing a name, what does overtime have to do with it? And why do people with jobs that require daily contact with the public, don't get paid half as much? When is the last time a citizen has spoken to a mayor? And they get paid for that.

Allison Boring
Allison Boring

This is the most entertaining 3:07 minutes ever! This "mayor" sounds like an absolute idiot! Oh wait, he grew up on a plantation he says...Hey white people of Vinita Park, quit pulling up them thar flowers, ya her?

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

racism works both ways. No race is immune to having a few jackasses.

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

and here's another StL "Einstein"........Stupid Is, What Stupid Does........ya Big Dummie.

Jason Bryson
Jason Bryson

Why doesn't St Louis get rid of all these worthless little jurisdictions that serve only to line the pockets of their needless local politicians pockets. This is appalling, but goes back to the real question of, "Why does Vinita Park have a Mayor?"

stlian
stlian

Hmm...Are both inaudible words "Wellston"

Mike
Mike

The recording doesn't surprise me at all! It's just what I would expect to hear from that group--Amos and Andy, attempting to be important big shots! Well.....maybe it's time for a regime change!

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